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Have your say on the future of the AHDB: just two weeks left to share your views

As farmers, growers and processors will know, we are gathering views on the role of AHDB, writes Farming Minister George Eustice.

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Have your say on the future of the AHDB: just two weeks left to share your views

AHDB collects about £60 million a year in levies from those in the industry.

 

While there are farmers and growers sitting on AHDB sector boards to advise and steer activity, this is the chance for all those who pay the levy to have their say on whether they want the levy to continue in their sector and, if so, what they would like it to focus on.

 

That is why we are speaking to farmers and growers directly. We want to hear about which services are most valued and what its future role and focus should be.

 

All views need to be shared by November 9 and you can email viewsonAHDB@defra.gsi.gov.uk for a survey.

 

The levy board delivers a number of important services – from its work to support pork, beef and lamb in England, to horticulture, dairy and potatoes in Great Britain, to its remit on cereals and oilseed across the UK.

 

The agricultural and horticultural sector priorities are constantly changing as we leave the EU, so we need to ensure there is a clear role for the AHDB.

 

We are designing a new agriculture policy from first principles with the Agriculture Bill, and so now is a good time to review and consider the functions of the levy board.


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As a former strawberry grower and beef farmer, I have experiences of the different issues in some of the sectors served by AHDB.

 

There will be countless more, and responses to the call for views will be important for understanding the needs across sectors, so we can take into account the experiences people have had.

 

This request for views is an opportunity for levy payers to have their say about the role and function of the various components of AHDB in the future.

 

The views and comments gathered will help determine the future role and remit of AHDB, and how it is managed and funded.

Across the UK, we want farming and horticulture to flourish as competitive, highly skilled and high investment industries.

 

We need to therefore ensure the statutory levy in the sectors and parts of the UK that AHDB covers is justified, and levy payers are receiving value for money.

 

Our call for views has been developed jointly between England, Scotland, Wales and in consultation with Northern Ireland to seek feedback on the board from levy payers and non-payers across the UK. The survey is online, or responses by email or post can be sent to the Defra main office in London.

 

Your views can help us make sure the levy board is best equipped for the sectors and people it serves.

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